Friday, April 6, 2007

Military & terrorism experts say Bush exaggerates Iraq threat - Iraq terrorists pose little or no threat to US ... meanwhile, Cheney keeps lying too

How many times have we heard this line of bullshit? "Gotta fight 'em over there, so we don't have to fight 'em over here" - Bush's chief justification for creating a quagmire in Iraq, playing upon the fears of Americans. We heard it again just last week:

"If we were to leave before the job is done, the enemy would follow us here.”
-GW Bush, 4/4/07

Any thinking person understands that the war in Iraq is Sunni against Shia, and the ragtag bomb makers in Iraq are not a threat to us in the US. Even with Bush supplying terrorists the red carpet to enter the US from our southern border, we have yet to see a single IED or suicide bomber. If they were as hell-bent on "fighting us over here", surely they would have by now. But what do the experts say?

"The president is using a primitive, inarticulate argument that leaves him open to criticism and caricature, it’s a poor choice of words that doesn’t convey the essence of the problem.”
-James Jay Carafano, Homeland Security & Counterterrorism Expert -
Heritage Foundation, Conservative Policy Organization.

"The war in Iraq isn't preventing terrorist attacks on America, if anything, that - along with the way we've been treating terrorist suspects - may be inspiring more Muslims to think of us as the enemy."
- U.S. intelligence official, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity

“There are very few foreign fighters who are going to be leaving the area because they don’t have the skills or languages that would give them access to the United States”
- Daniel Benjamin, National Security Council’s director for transnational threats

According to the Defense Intelligence Agency and a recent study by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, “Attacks by terrorist groups account for only a fraction of insurgent violence.” In essence, Bush is wasting and weakening our military in an Iraq civil war instead of defending the US.

Cheney Continues to Lie

Meanwhile, Dick Cheney continues to lie about the pre-war connection of Saddam and al Qaeda despite a Pentagon report released this week that says Cheney's dead wrong.

And you have wingnuts out there who continue to insist that Bush and Cheney have never told a lie. Sheeesh! They bear out the old Nazi propaganda philosophy:

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it."
- Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda

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